PhD scholarships: Internet-distributed television and platform governance

Photo of Mark Zuckerberg with mediaInternet-distributed television: Cultural, industrial and policy dynamics

Supervisor: Distinguished Professor Stuart Cunningham (

This project investigates the impact of global subscription video-on-demand platforms on national television markets. As U.S.-based services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video open up these markets to unprecedented competition, the project will provide much-needed comparative analysis of how governments are responding and what the implications are for debates about local content, local screen production, and media diversity. Analysis of original production and programming strategies will identify new forms of transnational media flow. Conceptually, the project aims to advance our understanding of an emerging paradigm of globalising, multiterritory television.

The PhD project sits within a wider Australian Research Council-funded project (conducted by Ramon Lobato (RMIT University), Amanda Lotz and Stuart Cunningham (QUT)). You are invited to propose an area of focus, for example, on a particular streaming service, institution, national context, production practice, policy issue.

The Platform Governance Project: Rethinking Internet regulation as media policy

Supervisor: Professor Terry Flew (

The Platform Governance Project is an Australian Research Council (ARC) funded project that investigates the regulatory and policy implications of understanding global digital platforms as media companies. Responding to ongoing public concern about these companies’ self-management of online communication and social media, this project will address these concerns by developing detailed recommendation for reform based on international case studies, enabling media policy makers to more effectively regulate digital media platforms to better align with contemporary public interest rationales. As part of a research a team led by Professor Terry Flew (QUT), and working with Nicolas Suzor (QUT), Fiona Martin (Sydney) and Tim Dwyer (Sydney), the PhD candidate will conduct research on the changing political economy of digital platforms, the value ecology of content distributed online through these platforms, and the shifting relationship of media and communications policy to such challenges. It would be advantageous to have a research background in media and creative industries, and an interest in media law and policy.

Applications must contain the following:

  1. A two page research proposal demonstrating alignment to the selected project including proposed project title, project outline, research question or problem statement, a brief overview of previous relevant research, objectives of the program of research and investigation, research methods/methodologies and plan including references to key literature/contextual sources.
  2. Full Curriculum Vitae including three referees (two referees must be academic).
  3. Academic Transcripts from previous undergraduate and postgraduate study.

Applications close midnight (ADST) Friday 25th January 2019.

Applicants will be notified of outcome by Friday 15th February 2019.

Applications are to be sent as a single pdf to the QUT Digital Media Research Centre Coordinator at

For further information about the projects please contact the listed project supervisor directly via email.


To apply for this scholarship, you must meet the entry requirements for a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at QUT, including any English language requirements for international students.

You must also:

  • have completed a first-class Honours degree, a research Masters degree, or a coursework Masters degree with a significant research component from a recognised institution and in a cognate discipline
  • be able to take up the scholarship and begin full-time study no later than July 2019 and enrol full-time
  • develop a research proposal that responds to and aligns with the aims of either the Internet-distributed television or Platform Governance Project
  • demonstrate excellent capacity and potential for research.

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Fully AHRC funded PhD positions at School of Media, Univ. of Brighton

The School of Media at the University of Brighton is seeking applicants
for Techne Doctoral awards fully funded by the AHRC
Supervision for PhD research, is offered in the following areas:

·       Digital Media
·       Data Culture
·       Environmental Communication
·       Game Studies
·       Community Media
·       Screen Cultures
·       Digital Transformations
·       Media Practice
·       Photography
·       Film Studies
·       Sound Studies and Music
·       Gender and Sexuality
·       Digital Humanities
·       Cultural Informatics
·       Creative Industries
·       Mobility and Transport
·       Activism
·       Popular Culture
·       Immersive Media/AR/VR
·       Creative Media
·       Innovation

We are also interested in Candidates for PhDs by Practice.

For more about the School of Media, please see:

For more about the technē  2019 scheme, please see

For further information please contact Janet Anderson  at

Deadline Dec. 1: Rosanna Fund @ Utrecht University

ROSANNA Fund: application and criteria



The ROSANNA Fund is dedicated to talented and under-privileged women students and scholars who are seeking further higher education at Utrecht University. The fund wants to help women researchers and students who cannot find other forms of financial support for crucial transition points in their academic trajectories. The grant is to ensure that no gifted mind is denied access to higher education due to lack of funds.


The ROSANNA Fund gives out short term grants between 2.500€ and 10.000€. The amount awarded to a candidate will depend on the candidate’s financial situation, plans, and needs.

The grant from the ROSANNA fund can vary per candidate, and the candidate can apply for any sum within the grant limits noted above. The candidate’s application must clearly show that she needs the stated sum to help her reach her academic goals. For instance, the grant could be used for the following:

  1. Coverage of tuition fees (master, pre-master, PhD).
  2. Short term living expenses (3 to 9 Months), allowing the candidate to study or gain work experience through unpaid internships.
  3. Coverage of costs of coaching, courses or counselling (or any other activities) which will help the candidate to further her academic career.


The ROSANNA Fund is open to talented women candidates from all over the world who fit the following criteria:

  1. Candidates should have limited financial means and must show demonstrable need for additional financial support in order to complete their education.

  2. Demonstrate a link to Utrecht University:
  • Candidates who seek coverage for tuition fees have to be, or will be, admitted to the Utrecht University to follow a program such as a master’s degree or PhD.
  • Candidates who need support in order to further their academic career seeking a post-doc, tenured position, or a professorship must prove their link to Utrecht University.
  1. Candidates must have a strong academic background and a good record of achievement for subsequent education.


The next deadline for receiving application is 1 December 2018.

Applications will be reviewed once a year. Deadlines for receiving applications will be published on our website.


Candidates are required to submit the following documents (in English):

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of motivation including an explanation of the eligibility for applying for the ROSANNA Fund and short description of academic interests, academic background, and academic ambition
  • Description of the candidate’s financial situation
  • An overview of financial expenses the candidate expects the grant to cover
  • Comprehensive bachelor’s/ master’s diploma transcript in English from the Examination Office, including all marks and grade for final thesis
  • Letter of recommendation from previous academic supervisor regarding academic qualification

All documents should be sent by email to with the subject header ROSANNA Fund Application.

After submission, the Board will review the documents. The Board will then decide whether or not to invite the candidate for an interview round, either in person or via Skype. The review procedure can take up to two months.

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Applications for Joint PhD at University of Queenland, Australia and IIT, Delhi

January 2019 applications are open for a joint-PhD at University of Queenland, Australia and IIT, Delhi. Visit main website.

Among the research projects available is one on “Platform Economies in India” to be jointly supervised by Profs. Adrian Athique and Vigneswara Ilavarasan.

For applying, familiarise yourself with the following:

  1. Find a Project
  2. Check our Eligibility Criteria to ascertain if you are eligible to apply to the UQ-IITD joint PhD Program
  3. Choose up to 3 projects in preference/rank order
  4. Download this Statement of Purpose (SOP) document and fill one SOP for each project you are applying for.
  5. In each of your SOPs remember to fill out, respond to the Essential Capabilities, Desirable Capabilities and Expected Qualifications of the project descriptions (in Section 9) of the projects you are interested in.
  6. Prepare your documentation.
  7. Note down and remember to include “Agent ID Code = XIDR” when you apply.
  8. Read these applications instructions.
  9. Apply online

Your application will then be shortlisted based on your eligibility, your background and your SOPs. All shortlisted applicants will undergo:

  • A Skype/telephone interview with supervisors from UQ and IITD for the projects you have been shortlisted. Based on this interview with relevant supervisors, you will be invited to an interview.
  • The interview will consist of a written test, which will include an assessment of ability to critically assess a research paper.
  • The process will also include an interview with the Academy Joint Admissions Sub-committee (AJAS).

Chevening in India

Applications for 2019/2020 Chevening Scholarships are open between 6 August and 6 November 2018.

Chevening is the UK Government’s global scholarship programme that offers future leaders the unique opportunity to study in the UK. These scholarships are awarded to outstanding professionals from your country and beyond to pursue a one-year master’s degree in any subject at any UK university.

Chevening provides fully-funded scholarships, leaving you free to focus on achieving your academic goals and enjoying the experience of a lifetime. You will live and study in the UK for a year, during which time you will develop professionally and academically, grow your network, experience UK culture, and build lasting positive relationships with the UK.

If you have ambition, leadership potential, and a strong academic background, we encourage you to apply to study in the UK, a classroom like no other.


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Scholarships for graduate students at Freiburg University

Scholarships for graduate students

In 2018, the Collaborative Research Centre (Sonderforschungsbereich) 948 “Heroes – Heroizations – Heroisms” at the University of Freiburg is offering

two to four scholarships (6-12 months each) for graduate students in its Research Training Group for PhD students.

The SFB 948 is funded by the German Research Foundation and consists of 50 scholars (16 out of whom are doctoral candidates) working in the fields of history, literary studies, art history, theology, and the social sciences.
This scholarship offers the opportunity to pursue research for a PhD project within the thematic framework of the SFB. The objective of the SFB is to understand heroic figures within their specific cultural, social, and political contexts. Accordingly, the heroic has to be studied from a long-term per-spective that is transculturally as well as synchronically and diachronically comparative. Our research focuses on the tensions between the exception-ality of heroic figures and the social orders that they stabilize but also question.

International applicants with outstanding research potential are particularly welcome. They are expected to participate in the lectures and colloquia of the SFB and the Research Training Group. Graduates with a degree in any of the fields represented in the SFB are very welcome to apply. The time of the stay is flexible but should partly coincide with the university’s lecture periods (October – February and April – July).

Please find more details on the research programme of the SFB and the qualification programme of the Research Training Group online: The scholarship is €1,365 per month with an additional grant of €103 for material costs. Working space in the rooms of the SFB is available. The working language of the SFB is German. There-fore, the candidate’s knowledge of German should be at the B2/C1 level as measured on the Common European Framework of Reference.

Please address your cover letter to the speakers of the training group, Prof. Dr B. Korte and Prof. Dr R. von den Hoff. Send your application with a CV, academic certification, an outline of your project (3 pages maximum) and a statement by a professor or university lecturer postmarked byNovember 15, 2017, to the coordinator of the Research Training Group, Dr Ulrike Zim-mermann, Hebelstr. 25, D-79104 Freiburg. In case of questions, please contact Dr Zimmermann via email (


Frieburg Scholarships